as anybody else because she is an american. she is free, and she is equal not just in the eyes of god, but also in our own. >> look, it's true that part of unionism's problem is big unionism, buildings, lobbying, and taking members for granted, but what other group with power and money speaks for working people, for the middle class? this isn't one and that's why republicans would like to see unions dead and gone for good. time to stop patting ourselves on the back. time to stop gazing at happy demographic trends. labor's fight is our fight, is the fight for basic economic fairness. we must awaken to the reality that on every core economic principle we care about from income inequality to the war on poverty to the shrinking middle class to stagnating wages, we are losing, and the most powerful force in america for growing the middle class, unions, are being eviscerated. in the words of samuel j.